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The Greatest Groundhurlers

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Replying To ZUL10:  "Anyone remember Mick Moroney from Clare. He had a unique style with splitting the posts from sideline cuts. We are blessed with so many payers now that can do what he did back in the 70's. The ground hurling maybe gone but the skill levels have not. It takes a special player to do this."
The fact that so many players today are able to put the sliotar over the bar from sideline cuts is not due to an increase in skill levels but to a decrease in the weight of the ball. Skill levels today are no better today than they were 30/40/50 years ago imo, but fitness, coaching, and conditioning are a hundred times better.

PoolSturgeon (Galway) - Posts: 1238 - 23/03/2019 20:59:32    2174579

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@PoolSturgeon that's a fair point. The ball today is a lot lighter than it used to be and travels a hell of a lot further. Some very good line ball men on that Waterford team yesterday, any one of 4 or 5 of them could have had a shot at goal from a sideline

icehonesty (Wexford) - Posts: 2342 - 25/03/2019 07:53:25    2175107

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Replying To ZUL10:  "Anyone remember Mick Moroney from Clare. He had a unique style with splitting the posts from sideline cuts. We are blessed with so many payers now that can do what he did back in the 70's. The ground hurling maybe gone but the skill levels have not. It takes a special player to do this."
I do indeed a fine stylish hurler and a great man to cut a line ball over the bar.

Barnowl94 (Galway) - Posts: 3138 - 01/04/2019 19:13:37    2177065

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Aaron Gillane's goal there in the final. Very reminiscent of Jimmy Barry's

http://hoganstand.com/Article/Index/297421

Suas Sios (None) - Posts: 1355 - 02/04/2019 11:16:36    2177214

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In the Cork Tipp league game recently, in the opening minute Daniel Kearney pulled on the ball first time on the ground, Alan Cadogan anticipated first and Cork won a free and went a point up. Got hammered after that. There can still be a place for ground hurling...

bennybunny (Cork) - Posts: 3700 - 03/04/2019 18:01:59    2177557

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Christy Ring has to win this. He was a master at doubling on a moving ball. Adept at placing a ground shot to corner of net. Very good wrists.
A lot of his goals came from rebounds from 21 yard frees.
There was more ground hurling back in his day,

Rockies (Cork) - Posts: 377 - 05/04/2019 16:40:20    2177835

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Ground hurling went the way of pulling on the ball in the air (when did that start disappearing...the 50s?). As someone here said, looks great when the odd bit happens now and again, but you can't give away possession now if you're playing at a reasonably high level. My dad (God rest him) was nearly 80 and would be roaring at the tele 'pull on it for **** sake!' when watching a game. Couldn't accept it was all about getting it into your hand quick as possible now. Offaly were always known for having a lovely hurling style which included lots of ground hurling right up to the 90s.

I can't remember where I read it but I definitely read it somewhere recently that ground hurling skills were so far gone that they were thinking of introducing a golf tee for sideline cuts!

LondainBhoy (UK) - Posts: 5 - 17/04/2019 14:54:19    2179294

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Replying To Dec82:  "Colin Lynch for me, not being a bit biased at all."
Bernie Hartigan was a splendid exponent of this art, even if I am biased.

Oldtourman (Limerick) - Posts: 1979 - 18/04/2019 21:34:45    2179504

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"Tough Barry"
Q.E.D.
Me father said so!!!!!

dingle2 (Kerry) - Posts: 232 - 18/04/2019 22:56:14    2179521

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Replying To Dec82:  "Colin Lynch for me, not being a bit biased at all."
What about lads who had a helmet but no faceguard, Brian Lohan be my winner

cityman73 (Limerick) - Posts: 364 - 19/04/2019 00:18:17    2179528

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